Life in Buffalo!

Life in Buffalo!

I just want to start by saying: Buffalo gets a really bad rap. On average, Syracuse gets more snow than us! But either way, most people thought I was crazy. As a Vermonter, I’m used to the snow but I have mountains as a way to entertain the snow. So naturally, when I started telling my friends I was moving to Buffalo for grad school their initial reaction was something like this: “Buffalo? Are you okay?” or “But there are no mountains, how will you ski?” What they didn’t know was how fun this city really is, until of course they came to visit and now I can’t get them to leave me alone.

Before moving to Buffalo I had visited with my roommate, from undergrad, who’s from Buffalo. I’ll admit, when I first started visiting in 2011 it was a little boring, but each year as I kept coming to see her I noticed the growth within the city. There was always a new spot that had just been re-done and we had to go check it out. After living here for a year, I can say that this is still the theme.

I love Buffalo because it is a city but it’s not too big. I really think it’s the perfect size. There’s no traffic, tons of nightlife and the cost of living is insanely inexpensive. It’s the perfect mix! And if you did want a big city, no worries, Toronto is only an hour and a half away.

Overall my experience in Buffalo this past year has been so much fun! I’m so excited that I still have a year left to explore!

Health before School

Health before School

Bold title right? All my life I was told that school comes first. I operated on this mentality. When I was a kid I would get my homework done and then my parents would grant me passage to go outside and play with my friends until the sunset. In undergrad, I was incredibly responsible and wouldn’t go out or to any event until my homework was completed my weekends were free of textbooks, deadlines, and assignments. This method granted me passage to a school free, fun fueled weekend that required hours of recovery rest on Sundays. While my technique sounds value, and let’s be honest it helped me maintain my stellar grades and have a lot of fun, it wasn’t that simple when I entered graduate school.

The thing is graduate school almost never stops. The information you receive is compounded and useful on almost every element of your degree. When you finish one assignment or paper you can guarantee that there’s another one simply waiting for you on the syllabus. Due to this never ending cycle of things to do it’s easy to get lost in your school work. It’s easy to put school first and only focus on that. But at what cost? The cost of being so stressed out that you quarantine yourself? Or so busy you don’t have time for anything other than schoolwork and work-work? Well my friends, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like that. While there are a number of incredibly important things that should come before school, not down playing how incredibly important school is, but if there are number of things in our lives that demand our time, dedication, and focus and as a graduate student there are probably more than one can count on both hands. From my experience, one of the most overlooked and undervalued of those is health; whether it is your mental health or physical health. Your well-being trumps school but the best part about your well-being is that when your health is in order your life tends to follow suit. From my experience when I’ve worked out and my physical health is in order, my mind is clear from mental distractions and I’m ready to take on any and everything the world (and School) have for me. For me, my thing is going to the gym every morning at 6:45 AM. Starting my day at the gym allows me to clear my head of the day before and do something nice for me. It gives me the energy I need to conquer all of those things that require my attention through the day. So today I challenge you think about that Thing that you can put before school. The things that will fuel you and rest your mind and help you become the student you want to be. For me it’s the gym. For you it could be family time, fishing, golfing, running, or simply watching Netflix. Find your thing and do it! Put you before school.

By: Rachel Bediako

Don’t Panic, Just Decide (Part 2)

In August of 2017, I made my first major move. I left my family and friends and moved to Buffalo, New York, a place where I had little history but was about to become my home. To my surprise, I’ve learned more in these last few months than I did in my four years as an undergrad. Having almost completed my first year in graduate school, I want to share the things that got me from then to now:

  1. Find time to work on and maintain your physical health. Your mental wellbeing and overall health will thank you.
  2. Don’t be afraid to talk to anyone. Moving to a new city alone can quickly get lonely but you never know where a potential friend can be found.
  3. Explore your city. Yes, adjusting to grad school can be stressful but staying inside by yourself can be even more stressful. Get out there and see what your city has to offer (FYI: Buffalo rocks!)
  4. Savor your alone time. Sometimes just taking a minute to think and reflect on yourself is just as great as exploring your surroundings.
  5. Don’t be afraid to rely on your support systems. Call your people, reach out! Tell them you miss them, or you love them, or plan a visit. Do not isolate yourself.
  6. Your work friends (whether you have a graduate assistantship, a full time job, or a part time job) will become some of your favorite people.
  7. It’s OK to fail or get lost in your new city (even with a GPS). Do not panic just keep moving forward.
  8. Google is a beautiful tool for almost all the questions you have (like where can I go to get my car fixed?)
  9. It doesn’t take long to make your new city your home. Buffalo isn’t a bad place to be! Who doesn’t want to study in a city that has weekly festivals and daily activities and food trucks!?
  10. Find a sleep schedule that allows you to feel like your best self. (Hint: go to sleep and get up at the same time every day).

This move has challenged every aspect of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful for Canisius taking a chance on me or Buffalo welcoming me with open arms.

 

By: Rachel Bediako

Welcome new students!

Welcome new students!

It is that time again! This is the week when all graduate students in the Anthrozoology master’s program meet on campus for the beginning of a new exciting semester. This time we have 21 new stellar students joining the veterans for 4 days of intense meetings to start off the new school year with a well organized work schedule. We are meeting on campus for what is called the “on campus component” (OCC) part of the program. From here we go back home and embark on a busy juggle of work, private lives, and school, all from the comfort of our home states.

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The OCC is the part of the program where we forge relationships with our peers, faculty, and we feel the closeness of belonging to a community of scholars focused on common goals. It is also a time when we start thinking about capstones and/or special projects. It is never too early to initiate the conversation with faculty regarding the capstone project; explore your ideas with peers and maybe get new ones from your discussions.

No matter what the workload is during OCC, have a good time and enjoy the beautiful campus.

 

Buffalo Restaurant Week!

Buffalo Restaurant Week!

Last week Buffalo finished one of the best weeks of the year – Local Restaurant Week! As we all know, our city is on the rise and Buffalonians are beaming with pride, so what better way to celebrate this than with independent local restaurants serving up some of the best food deals around! Local Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to explore new foods, support local restaurants in our area, and experience all the culture and history Buffalo has to offer. With over 200 participating restaurants spanning from Lockport to Downtown to East Aurora, the options are seemingly endless. Each participating restaurant has special features priced at $20.16, $30.16 or $40.16, with varying appetizer, entrée, drink, and dessert combinations for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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With so many restaurant options, my friends and I didn’t know where to start. Figuring we couldn’t go wrong with Italian food, we opted for Osteria 166. Once we arrived, we were glad we made reservations because it was packed! (TIP: During featured weeks like this, always see if it’s possible to make reservations beforehand). The smell when we walked in immediately brought me back to my grandma’s kitchen and Sunday sauce. We squeezed our way through the bar and still had to wait a few minutes before being seated. Waiting isn’t so horrible, though, when you are in good company!

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During Restaurant Week, regular menu items are still available, but how could you pass up an appetizer, entrée, and dessert or drink all for only $20.16? We decided if we all got something different then we could split the dishes and try even more food. (TIP: Ordering different things and sharing with your friends is the perfect way to try new foods and get the most for your dollar!) We started with a glass of wine, which ended up being quite a generous pour. My three friends and I decided to get the Mozzarella Focaccia, two Bruschetta Miste, and a Meatball for appetizers to split. Why not try a little of everything?! The Mozzarella Focaccia was thickly cut bread topped with gooey mozzarella while the Bruschetta Miste was a spread of fresh Italian bread garnished with a seasoned artichoke mixture, red pepper hummus, or diced tomatoes. All were delicious; however, the meatball was on another level. For starters, it was the size of a softball. Each bite literally melted in my mouth, and the house marinara sauce was perfectly complimented by a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese. It very well might have been the best meatball I ever had (Sorry, grandma).
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For the entrée portion my two friends and I got the Shrimp Pomadoro, and my other friend got the Chicken Parmesan. It was a perfectly sized portion, and I shamelessly finished the whole thing. I was so excited to try it that I didn’t remember to take a picture of the beautiful dish until it was completely gone (whoops!). The angel hair pasta was cooked perfectly and tossed in a sweet heirloom tomato sauce. The dish was completed with 3 succulent grilled shrimp. I would definitely order this dish again! To make the entire meal even better, my one friend decided to get dessert instead of the glass of wine for her “extra”. We shared the fried dough with Nutella, and it was to die for – as is anything with Nutella.

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If you missed last week’s restaurant extravaganza, don’t worry. Local Restaurant Week is a biannual event, so keep an eye out for deals in the upcoming months!

Canisius Zoological Society

Canisius Zoological Society

 

Do you love animals? Want to make a difference in their lives? Look no further! Canisius Zoological Society is the place for you! The club is formed by students from all backgrounds and areas of interest.

 

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Every year the club plans activities both locally and outside of New York state. The goal is education about other animals, both in captivity and in the wild. The club offers opportunities for participating in field trips, local expeditions, and fund raising to help the local zoo provide enrichment objects for their animals.

If you would like more information about the club check their webpage at Canisius Zoological Society or join them on Facebook.